Inmarsat applies for license, signs new distrib partner

MUMBAI: Mobile satellite company Inmarsat Ventures Plc. is planning to expand its operations in the country as it has recently filed an application with Indian government, seeking permission for a license to deal directly with private sector clients. The company has also signed a new distribution partner but the name wasnt disclosed.


These developments were disclosed by Michael Storey, who recently quit as president and chief executive officer of the company. The founder of Inmarsat, who is here in the Capital for the 12th Convergence India conference and exhibition, continues to be associated in the advisory role.

I am not too sure about the timeframe, which government is going to take in giving us the approval, said Storey.

Inmarsat designs, implements and operates satellite network and offers a wide portfolio of voice, low-speed, high-speed data and complete satellite communications in terms of email, videoconferencing and security among others.

Inmarsat, which has a liaison office in Delhi, has already got a distribution partner in telecommunication major Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL).

Storey said, India is a competitive, one of the fastest growing telecom and wireless savvy market. Like in other markets, the opportunities lie in exploiting possibilities offered by mobile data.

Inmarsat has already worked with Indian government on several projects such as telephony project in remote areas, Indian Army/ Border Security, National Disaster Management and Indian Railways.

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